What are the causes of alopecia areata in children?

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Alopecia Areata, Questions, Treatment | HairMD | July 5, 2021

Alopecia areata is a non-contagious condition of hair loss thought to be caused by the body’s immune system attacking the hair follicles. It is characterized by the sudden appearance of round or oval patches of hair loss. The patches are slick or smooth, without scaling or broken hairs. About 25% of children also have pitting and ridging of the nails.

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